Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Grand Robert: An even better workaround

Posted by Pierre Igot in: French Stuff, Macintosh
May 31st, 2012 • 8:01 am

Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Grand Robert: An even better workaround

Last week I wrote about a temporary workaround for the incompatibility between Mac OS X 10.7.4 and the Grand Robert application. The workaround, submitted by a Betalogue reader, consisted of editing the css files inside the Grand Robert application package to force the application to display the input text in white, which made it somewhat readable over the undesired black background.

Now another Betalogue reader has written to me to share a better workaround that he had posted on a French Mac forum.

The idea is the same: edit the css files in order to change the look of the input text. But his fix is better, because it actually restores the white background and displays the input text in black, which is a more natural and more readable combination.

First of all, though, if you have already implemented the workaround that I posted last week, you need to remove it. (Otherwise, you’ll get white text over a white background!) So you need to quit the Grand Robert application, and then remove the following lines:

input
{
	color: white;
}

wherever you might have added it, i.e. in my case in the “Global.css” and the “dialog.css” files inside the “css” folder. And then you need to replace the following lines in the “main.css” file:

.inputText
{
	width : 180px;
}

with this:

.inputText
{
	font: 10pt Verdana;
	width: 200px; 
	margin-left: 4px;
	background-color: white;
	border: 1px solid #afc5dd;
}

And then add the following lines to the “dialog.css” file

input
{
	font: 10pt Verdana;
	width: 200px;	
	margin-left: 4px;
	background-color: white;
	border: 1px solid #afc5dd;
}

Relaunch the Grand Robert application… et voilà! You now have a white background and black text both for the main input field and for the input field in the dialog for searching within a dictionary entry.

Thanks for J. L. for the tip! He also provides a similar fix in his forum post for those who use the Petit Robert 3.4.0 application, which appears to be affected with the same problem. (I don’t have that application myself.)


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